......................A book of powerful poems from Glass Lyre Press.....................


**Now Read and listen to AS THE LAND LISTENS @ PLUME**





!! & FEATURED ON POETRY DAILY..."From The Winter of..." !!

And Now read this: "From the Winter of..."  (from Summer 2019 issue of PRAIRIE SCHOONER.)


The poem is one from her newest forthcoming book, "It Is Still Beautiful To Hear the Heart Beat"




on KPFK's Poet's cafe.      Love it! 

** Poems from Before the Drought and an in depth an interview!! **

Available now on Sound Cloud here: https://soundcloud.com/poetscafe/berdeshevsky-music?fbclid=IwAR0J3U_7ZOw_Kki2RZ0Mm7TMwr-RAsCEPNeFygIYkGJrHIOjqDbIXdG2kkI


“STOPPED FOR HOURS” (1 poem from "Before the Drought")

The poem speaks too well TO OUR PRESENT GRIEFS and FIGHTS— and so I offer this link to it here:



* Excerpt from a REVIEW of "Before the Drought" in INTERIM:

...from an insightful review in “Interim, a journal of poetry and poetics” by Carol Ciavonne, of Margo Berdeshevsky’s “BEFORE THE DROUGHT” : “The title can be read as a looking back, or as a forewarning of times to come. This is an important distinction, but the feeling of mourning is the same. And yet, in the book as a whole, Margo Berdeshevsky has compiled an atlas of the beauty that exists in nature, culture, and ourselves. Perhaps Berdeshevsky is recording and collecting these individual instances of our personal and collective lives, to be remembered and read later, perhaps by us, perhaps by future beings. Maybe this is the record we will use to prove we made beauty, we felt compassion, in spite of the wars and greed that ended in decimating our planet. Maybe our mourning will be redemption of sorts. And since we are beings in time, what else do we have but these remembered instances of beauty and kindness to comfort us?...”

Margo: reading "No Modifier At All"

this is one poem...from "Before The Drought" ...

!! Humbling REVIEW by Alicia Ostriker... here:



"Margo Berdeshevsky  is here to remind us that poetry can both dive and soar. She inhabits a world on the eve of destruction, a self on the ridge of despair, but she doesn't surrender for a minute. Writing a woman's body she is fearless, luscious, passionate..." Alicia Ostriker


MEMOIR OF NEVER A CAPULET : http://theamericanjournalofpoetry.com/v8-berdeshevsky.html

** Memoir of Never A Capulet: Read this one!!**

 "No I didn't kill myself...."   http://theamericanjournalofpoetry.com/v8-berdeshevsky.html



*REVIEWS, Reviews...*

Wonderful review for "Before the Drought" in Poetry International, online:

"Before the Drought never lets us settle, in the most elegantly unsettling of ways..."



    ................HER BOOKS....AND MORE.. TO COME.................

soon....... soon......soon.....

...BEFORE The DROUGHT...is...

"BEFORE The DROUGHT" is a book for the cries and whispers of our shared "now"... so I believe with all my heart.....  

"...a work of radical suffering and human indifference but also sensual transport. " (Carolyn Forché) 



Review in  the Brooklyn Rail ...   


"So...what we get is brilliance, the voice dominant, the intelligence demanding, and, in this book by this writer, a wholehearted recognition of the body, particularly the female body, in all its phases.”

                                                               —Kelly CherryTHE BROOKLYN RAIL  

The Brooklyn Rail calls Margo Berdeshevsky's "BEFORE THE DROUGHT" from Glass Lyre Press                          ....................................one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2017!.....................................


Review in Gravel...


"This new collection—praised by Kevin Prufer as “marvelous, deeply humane,” and by Carolyn Forché as “a book to read at the precipice on which we stand”—was a finalist for the National Poetry series in 2015 in its earlier stages. A forceful proclamation, Before the Drought is a mature meditation on the raw mortality of the human experience. The collection is ancestral, sensual, and aware; its fragmented composition resonates in our world’s growing uncertainty. Berdeshevsky delivers a complex patchwork of beliefs, death, courage, and vulnerability."      —Stephanie Papa—GRAVEL 


Review in Diagram... 


"In Before the Drought, Margo Berdeshevsky collects forty-some averted apocalypses. Moving through phantasmagoric architectures with studied sensuality, she discovers, again and again, the paradoxical alien that is self....... 

Before the Drought is an act of prophecy as much as it is poetry. Whether or not you set out to find it, it will find you."        LLDIAGRAM





*** Hard hitting double header /poet to poet: interview:



** Music to poetry interview ! 

Book Notes - Margo Berdeshevsky "Before the Drought" 

          How to interview a poet!!! : My music playlist for BEFORE THE DROUGHT Glass Lyre Press at Largehearted Boy! (Featured artists I chose include Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Edith Piaf, and Eagles Of Death Metal.)







+now: read this:



*** TO ORDER NOW ***


Before the Drought is a lyric meditation on corporeal existence, suffused with atavistic spirit and set in historical as well as cosmic time , a work of radical suffering and human indifference but also sensual transport. The tutelary spirits of these poems are the feminine principle, and a flock of messengers that include blue heron, ibis, phoenix, egret, and blood’s hummingbird. In the surround we find ourselves in the magical world of a floating balcony, and a field of cellos, but it is a world in peril, now and in the time to come, on the night of the Paris massacres and in a poisoned future . In the City of Light, Berdeshevsky writes poems commensurate with her vision, poems that know to ask How close is death, how near is God? Hers is a book to read at the precipice on which we stand. — Carolyn Forché


..... A short trailer for "Before the Drought"

"Here is My Body"....

PODCAST from Shakespeare and Company in Paris

...stairway to the poetry room at Shakespeare and Company in Paris...


MARGO BERDESHEVSKY, born in New York city, often writes in Paris. Her latest collestion:  Before The Drought, from Glass Lyre Press (A finalist for the National Poetry Series.) Author as well of the poetry collections Between Soul & Stone, and But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press.) Her book of illustrated stories, Beautiful Soon Enough, received the first Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award from Fiction Collective Two (University of Alabama Press.) Other honors include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, a portfolio of her poems in the Aeolian Harp Anthology #1 (Glass Lyre Press,) the & Now Anthology of the Best of Innovative Writing, numerous Pushcart prize nominations. Her works appear in the American journals Poetry International, New Letters, Kenyon Review, Plume, The Collagist, Tupelo Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Southern Humanities Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The American Journal of Poetry, Manoa, among many others. In Canada,Canadian Women Studies les cahiers de la femme. In Europe her works appear in The Poetry Review (UK) PN Review (UK,) Levure Littéraire, The Creative Process, The Wolf, Europe, Siècle 21, Recours au Poème, & Confluences Poétiques. A multi genre novel, Vagrant, a hybrid collection, Kneel Said The Night, and a newest collection of poems titled It Is Still Beautiful To Hear The Heart Beat, all wait at the gate. She may be found reading from her books in London, Paris, New York City, or somewhere new in the world. Her “Letters from Paris” which include many of her photographs... may be found in Poetry International, here: https://poetryinternationalonline.com/category/letters/letters-from-paris/ 

For more information, kindly see:  http://margoberdeshevsky.blogspot.com



Link to Amazon Author page for all her books!:






!!! LITTLE TRUE STORY while everyone is going off about HEFNER:

I was a young actress in NYC and the play I was in was a one act world premiere by Harold Pinter. In the play I was the girlfriend of a man whose oldest friend we were visiting in the middle of the night... We come in from the rain, the old friend is sitting in his armchair reading the Kama Sutra. We enter his flat, ignore him, head for his bed, I strip and the lights lower (these were the days when nudity was big and applauded, off Broadway) and the man and I dive under the covers and begin to make love. Lights down on us, and slow fade on the friend in his armchair. ... The morning after opening night, a great review appeared in the NY times describing said scene... and my phone rang, I had a call from “Playboy” mag, on behalf of, yes, "Hef" ...saying they had heard about me and read the review, and would I like to do a centerfold. I had no more than a heart beat, and a seven word answer. This was my reply, “I only do it for Harold Pinter.” And I hung up. They didn’t try twice. 


May he rest forever now, in peace and poetry...dear William Merwin.

One precious visit...

One precious visit...

In September 2017 I had the huge honor and joy of reading one of my poems from "Before the Drought" to my once-upon neighbor and dear one, W.S. MERWIN. The poem is a "Blason" written for him. Elderly and sage, he listened and thanked me, and our friend made a discreet photo. I also brought him a bottle of Chateau Neuf du Pape for his 90th birthday which was the following  day. Not sure which one he liked most, but so very honored and happy to have been with him to share poetry and grace. xxxx, margo

              **ART + COLLAGES**

translation of Samuel Beckett quote in this image: "Without voice , amidst the voices caged (imprisoned) with me..."


                                     Newest art works here at THE BIG OTHER:   



AND YET, we will make   POETRY  IN  WARTIME

Until Soon....

... On The Bookshelf at Shakespeare and Company in Paris...in such company!! ...

***To Contact Margo*** :

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.........................."I Will Have Tried to Love Again..." (Margo Berdeshevsky)

****  More Art ***

"If you do not love me/ I shall not be loved" (quote from samuel beckett)

"Autumn Sonata Dyptich"

?? Do you have a copy of: "BEFORE THE DROUGHT" ??

. ......................................... & Yes, she loves Rothko!! ............................